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(Gothamist)   ARRRRRRRRRrrrrrrr, can I has Tiki bar Renaissance in NYC?   (gothamist.com) divider line 59
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2014-08-17 11:19:40 AM  
I am all in favor of this.
 
2014-08-17 12:14:19 PM  
hahaha awesome. I'm so tired of the ridiculous bloody mary bullshiat. How about some singapore slings and midget barbacks?
 
2014-08-17 12:18:05 PM  
Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

To me, island themed bars require patrons in bathing suits walking up from the beach to enjoy a beverage.
 
2014-08-17 12:21:45 PM  
If they're anything like Smugglers Cove in San Francisco, sign me up.
 
2014-08-17 12:22:55 PM  

RadiomanATL: Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

To me, island themed bars require patrons in bathing suits walking up from the beach to enjoy a beverage.


I get ya, but that's not an island themed bar, its just a bar on a beach.
and what of the notion that a great deal of NYC is an island?
 
2014-08-17 12:32:24 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: RadiomanATL: Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

To me, island themed bars require patrons in bathing suits walking up from the beach to enjoy a beverage.

I get ya, but that's not an island themed bar, its just a bar on a beach.
and what of the notion that a great deal of NYC is an island?


Most bars on the beaches are island themed, just kinda goes together naturally. If you're on the beach, and you need to decorate...When in Rome and all.

And I hear you on NYC being an island. But I think the concept is tropical island.

Anyway, it would just seem very put on and weird to me. You gotta have hotties in bikinis at tiki/tropical island themed bars. Hard to pull off in NYC I imagine, even when the weather is hot enough.
 
2014-08-17 12:33:20 PM  
I love pirates and pirate themed things. But anytime I see "theme bar", I think tourists. That business model will only sustain if there is something nearby that works on the theme. Other than that there is no reason for tourists to go there.
 
2014-08-17 12:34:22 PM  
I didn't think tiki bars were cool until I went to one. A hundred different drinks based around rum? Sign me the fark up!
 
2014-08-17 12:35:07 PM  
As long as it replaces those uber-pretentious "speakeasy" type bars, I'm OK with this.
 
2014-08-17 12:35:11 PM  
api.ning.com

Does Lala come with the drink?
 
2014-08-17 12:36:26 PM  

charlesmartel11235: hahaha awesome. I'm so tired of the ridiculous bloody mary bullshiat. How about some singapore slings and midget barbacks?


I originally read that as "midget barebacks" and was very much frightened.
 
2014-08-17 12:37:24 PM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: If they're anything like Smugglers Cove in San Francisco, sign me up.


Boom, headshot

The downstairs grotto is the best
 
2014-08-17 12:46:41 PM  
Tiki bars? Hey look, mister. We serve hard drinks for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any characters around to give the joint "atmosphere".
 
2014-08-17 12:50:51 PM  
I thought "tiki" was more of a Hawaiian thing and not a Caribbean thing.
 
2014-08-17 12:51:24 PM  
I went to this tiki bar the 2nd day it opened up in my small city.  I was the only person there at 5pm and the bartender had no clue how to make a zombie or bahama mama but I pressed on.  I was still the only person there after left pretty farked up at 9pm.  They shut down a month later.  CSB
 
2014-08-17 12:55:15 PM  

theorellior: I thought "tiki" was more of a Hawaiian thing and not a Caribbean thing.


Once they throw the term "pirate" in there, accuracy really takes a back seat.
 
2014-08-17 12:56:55 PM  

RadiomanATL: Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

Most bars on the beaches are island themed, just kinda goes together naturally. If you're on the beach, and you need to decorate...When in Rome and all.

 
The Flora-Bama is not a tiki bar.  If it has a theme, its theme is Ramshakle Redneck Paradise.
 
2014-08-17 12:58:22 PM  

Z-clipped: RadiomanATL: Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

Most bars on the beaches are island themed, just kinda goes together naturally. If you're on the beach, and you need to decorate...When in Rome and all.
 
The Flora-Bama is not a tiki bar.  If it has a theme, its theme is Ramshakle Redneck Paradise.


Never been there, what's it like besides the decor?
 
2014-08-17 01:03:49 PM  

RadiomanATL: Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

To me, island themed bars require patrons in bathing suits walking up from the beach to enjoy a beverage.


Y

I have a similar concern. But then, there was the Kahiki and all the stuff our grandparents came back from the pacific for fun. But fuWilliamsburg hipsters appropriating someone else's kitsch
urg
 
2014-08-17 01:09:11 PM  

Tax Boy: [api.ning.com image 850x1133]

Does Lala come with the drink?


Even better:  http://tinyurl.com/mp5j84n
 
2014-08-17 01:14:53 PM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: Tax Boy: [api.ning.com image 850x1133]

Does Lala come with the drink?

Even better:  http://tinyurl.com/mp5j84n


i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-17 01:15:05 PM  
thelgc.info
 
2014-08-17 01:18:05 PM  

RadiomanATL: Z-clipped: RadiomanATL: Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

Most bars on the beaches are island themed, just kinda goes together naturally. If you're on the beach, and you need to decorate...When in Rome and all.
 
The Flora-Bama is not a tiki bar.  If it has a theme, its theme is Ramshakle Redneck Paradise.

Never been there, what's it like besides the decor?


You live on the Gulf Coast, and you've never been to the most famous bar south of the Mason-Dixon?  For shame, son.  It's a landmark.

What's it like?  Wow... that's a tough one.

Imagine crossing The Aadams Family's house with a tin-roof bayou shack and a time machine.  They serve a disgusting frozen cocktail called the Bushwhacker in plastic cups, which everyone drinks half of, and then throws the rest on the floor.  In less than 100 steps, you can walk from a room full of college bros listening to someone cover Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World, through a room decorated with Confederate flags where the only song the band is permitted to play is Sweet Home Alabama, and into a room that looks like it was ripped directly out of a Hamptons golf club where old people listen to a lounge singer do the worst Johnny Mathis covers in the universe. By their odor, I would guess that about 60% of the patrons walked into the bar in 1993 and have been continuously drinking there ever since.

Oh, and they sell t-shirts downstairs so you can announce to the world that you were both brave enough to walk into the place, and smart enough to find your way out again.
 
2014-08-17 01:19:29 PM  
www.nicolaginzler.com

Approves

/obscure as fark
 
2014-08-17 01:24:46 PM  
I see this working more in a "Wouldn't it be hilarious if we went to a tiki bar tonight, honey?" kind of way.  So not working.
 
2014-08-17 01:32:29 PM  

Z-clipped: RadiomanATL: Z-clipped: RadiomanATL: Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

Most bars on the beaches are island themed, just kinda goes together naturally. If you're on the beach, and you need to decorate...When in Rome and all.
 
The Flora-Bama is not a tiki bar.  If it has a theme, its theme is Ramshakle Redneck Paradise.

Never been there, what's it like besides the decor?

You live on the Gulf Coast, and you've never been to the most famous bar south of the Mason-Dixon?  For shame, son.  It's a landmark.

What's it like?  Wow... that's a tough one.

Imagine crossing The Aadams Family's house with a tin-roof bayou shack and a time machine.  They serve a disgusting frozen cocktail called the Bushwhacker in plastic cups, which everyone drinks half of, and then throws the rest on the floor.  In less than 100 steps, you can walk from a room full of college bros listening to someone cover Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World, through a room decorated with Confederate flags where the only song the band is permitted to play is Sweet Home Alabama, and into a room that looks like it was ripped directly out of a Hamptons golf club where old people listen to a lounge singer do the worst Johnny Mathis covers in the universe. By their odor, I would guess that about 60% of the patrons walked into the bar in 1993 and have been continuously drinking there ever since.

Oh, and they sell t-shirts downstairs so you can announce to the world that you were both brave enough to walk into the place, and smart enough to find your way out again.


I grew up there, unfortunately I haven't lived there in 15 years. Moved away and got married shortly after college graduation. Wasn't much opportunity there unless you were a land developer or wanted to go into a tourist based business.

If it's on the FL-AL border as the name suggests, it was a bit too far away for me when I did live there. The more gas money you spend as a, the less you had to spend on drinks. Wasn't a hard decision to make back in my college days on which liquid my resources needed to go to...lol.

Thanks for the description though, next time I'm back in the area visiting family I just might have to take an overnight trip over there. Assuming there is at least a chain hotel somewhere close by to spend the night. It's always fun to trash it up once in a while.
 
2014-08-17 01:40:23 PM  
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2014-08-17 01:40:33 PM  
My favorite tiki bar in New York doesn't bill itself as such.  It's in Long Beach and it's a Chinese restaurant.  Can never remember the name of it but it's a must-stop by after a day at the beach.  It's in between the beach and the train station, trust me on this one.  They have all the classic Tiki barware the coconut shaped glass, the hula girl chalice, the tiki head glass.  It can get dangerous because every drink is served in a different festive glass and you end up wanting to see all of them so after your second or third nostalgia trip you pretty much need medical assistance.
 
2014-08-17 01:43:09 PM  
CigaretteSmokingMan: Even better: http://tinyurl.com/mp5j84n

who is this and how do I get more?
 
2014-08-17 01:48:26 PM  

RadiomanATL: Z-clipped: RadiomanATL: Z-clipped: RadiomanATL: Having grown up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it's hard for me to imagine an island themed bar in NYC. There's just some....disconnect about it in my mind.

Most bars on the beaches are island themed, just kinda goes together naturally. If you're on the beach, and you need to decorate...When in Rome and all.
 
The Flora-Bama is not a tiki bar.  If it has a theme, its theme is Ramshakle Redneck Paradise.

Never been there, what's it like besides the decor?

You live on the Gulf Coast, and you've never been to the most famous bar south of the Mason-Dixon?  For shame, son.  It's a landmark.

What's it like?  Wow... that's a tough one.

Imagine crossing The Aadams Family's house with a tin-roof bayou shack and a time machine.  They serve a disgusting frozen cocktail called the Bushwhacker in plastic cups, which everyone drinks half of, and then throws the rest on the floor.  In less than 100 steps, you can walk from a room full of college bros listening to someone cover Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World, through a room decorated with Confederate flags where the only song the band is permitted to play is Sweet Home Alabama, and into a room that looks like it was ripped directly out of a Hamptons golf club where old people listen to a lounge singer do the worst Johnny Mathis covers in the universe. By their odor, I would guess that about 60% of the patrons walked into the bar in 1993 and have been continuously drinking there ever since.

Oh, and they sell t-shirts downstairs so you can announce to the world that you were both brave enough to walk into the place, and smart enough to find your way out again.

I grew up there, unfortunately I haven't lived there in 15 years. Moved away and got married shortly after college graduation. Wasn't much opportunity there unless you were a land developer or wanted to go into a tourist based business.

If it's on the FL-AL border as the name suggests, it was a bit too far away for me when I ...


Yeah, Orange Beach is smack on the Redneck Riviera.  You should have no trouble finding a hotel.  Oh, and if you go, there's a smaller roadhouse bar down the street called The Keg... DON'T go there.  I've never not seen a fight break out in that place, and have barely escaped without injury more than once.
 
2014-08-17 01:49:21 PM  
I am ALL for this idea ...as long as it proliferates enough to keep the prices at a reasonable level.

i152.photobucket.com

Mood music:
http://youtu.be/PVZ-wDflmRg
 
2014-08-17 01:55:28 PM  

baconbeard: As long as it replaces those uber-pretentious "speakeasy" type bars, I'm OK with this.


Hahaha I read about those. Yeah we have this front room that's a totally empty fake store, we'll make tons of money confusing people.
 
2014-08-17 01:55:31 PM  
Let me know when they catch up to The Tonga Hut, a tiki bar in North Hollywood that's been a tiki bar since before tiki bars were even invented.
 
2014-08-17 01:57:05 PM  

Tax Boy: [api.ning.com image 850x1133]

Does Lala come with the drink?


api.ning.com

Only if she can still fit into this skirt.
 
2014-08-17 01:58:21 PM  
Really, what's not to love about getting your drink in a flaming soup bowl and a 2 foot staw
 
2014-08-17 02:18:06 PM  

StrikitRich: Tax Boy: [api.ning.com image 850x1133]

Does Lala come with the drink?

[api.ning.com image 234x314]

Only if she can still fit into this skirt.


I really don't know the origin of all of this, but GIS came up with interesting things:

photos1.blogger.com

static.flickr.com

/further research being done at this moment...vigorously...
 
2014-08-17 02:43:45 PM  

theorellior: I thought "tiki" was more of a Hawaiian thing and not a Caribbean thing.


The original tiki bars were all Polynesia themed, as they were normally operated by guys who got back from the Pacific in WWII. At some point Florida started calling any sort of beach side open air bar a tiki bar. These often had a thatch roof and generic nautical decoration. Looks like the Florida definition has moved up the coast.
 
2014-08-17 02:50:13 PM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: I am ALL for this idea ...as long as it proliferates enough to keep the prices at a reasonable level.

[i152.photobucket.com image 390x295]

Mood music:
http://youtu.be/PVZ-wDflmRg


Whoa! Goin old school there on the mood music.  Makes me nostalgic for the days of visiting my Great Uncle on the Big Island.
 
2014-08-17 02:53:20 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: I really don't know the origin of all of this


It's a YouTube channel from back before YouTube existed. 45 episodes from 2005-2009. But it's worth watching.
http://www.tikibartv.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiki_Bar_TV
 
2014-08-17 02:57:09 PM  
Why does the headline switch from Pirate to Cat?
 
2014-08-17 03:02:38 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-17 03:04:29 PM  
Omaha (of all places, right?) had a great Tiki bar in the basement of a Japanese restaurant, the Mount Fuji Inn called the Mai Tai Lounge.  All of the Polynesian kitsch complete with glassware.  They rated their drinks X, XX and XXX.  A Singapore Sling was rated X, Navy Grogs XX etc. The Mai Tais and Zombies were rated XXX and there was a two drink limiton those.  They were delicious but they would kick your butt.  I was a fairly big guy back then (6'4" 215#) and could occasionally talk the bartender into letting me have a third but only if someone else sober would vouch for me as being my driver.  Two was definitely enough for any average sized person  It closed just a couple of years ago- too bad they couldn't hang on, it was always a blast.
 
2014-08-17 03:05:21 PM  
api.ning.com
 
2014-08-17 03:20:08 PM  
 
2014-08-17 03:24:19 PM  

stan unusual: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: I am ALL for this idea ...as long as it proliferates enough to keep the prices at a reasonable level.

[i152.photobucket.com image 390x295]

Mood music:
http://youtu.be/PVZ-wDflmRg

Whoa! Goin old school there on the mood music.  Makes me nostalgic for the days of visiting my Great Uncle on the Big Island.


The old tracks are still some of the best.
http://youtu.be/KcpCNedckRs
 
2014-08-17 04:23:55 PM  
I'm all for this.  It was an era in the U.S. started by our vets returning from the Pacific theater.

They went through the "green hell" but somehow brought back an innocent, idyllic vision of a tropical south sea that never really existed (except in our imaginations).

The day they tore down the Kahiki and put up a damned Walgreens was one of the saddest days for the whole of Tiki culture.

http://www.columbusunderground.com/history-lesson-the-history-of-col um bus-most-famed-lost-restaurant-the-kahiki


Damn I miss that place.
 
2014-08-17 04:32:33 PM  
I'm all in favor of tiki bars and rum drinks. I've been looking up drink recipes online trying to recreate the Kahiki Kai from Fankie's Tiki Room in Las Vegas:

http://www.frankiestikiroom.com/drinks.html
 
2014-08-17 05:36:12 PM  
We've got Burts Tiki Bar here in Albuquerque. Hey, got a pretty good review in Esquire.
 
2014-08-17 06:43:27 PM  
Local 'Chinese' place has all the Tiki one could want.  Food would kill a Fark Foodie but a Pu-Pu for 2 and a Scorpion Bowl is a good bite to eat. They fly food out to Nantucket too. Most 'Chinese / Polynesian' places I know of are like that. YMMV
After I hit 30, I stopped pilfering and started paying for the drink glasses.
http://www.tikiport.com/

/I'd go to Trader Vic's (the Original)
//If my hair was perfect
///3=
 
2014-08-17 07:58:40 PM  
I thought Tiki bars died out in the '60s. Well mix me a MaiTai and put on the Don Ho tunes.

www.cinema52.com

HEY, EVERYBODY! WE'RE ALL GONNA GET LEI'D!
 
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